I’ve recently made a switch, trading in my iPhone 4 for a Nexus 4 (apparently I have a thing for the number 4). And so far I haven’t looked back. Let’s take a look at the reasons for my switch.
Okay, i’ll admit it. One big reason is I want to be self-sufficient. No one ever looked at a guy who said, “Why yes, I’m still under my parent’s phone account,” and thought to themselves, “Now there is a man”. Haha, alright, maybe that’s a bit theatrical, but being able to pay for your own account is great.
But why not do that with the iPhone? See the following reasons:
- (Technically 2) It’s an inexpensive unlocked device. The Nexus 4 is $299 from Google with no contract. Compare that to the iPhone 5, which has comparable specs sans LTE, and that’s $649. Is LTE worth $350 to me? No.
- Which brings me to point two, specs. Short of LTE, the Nexus 4 has everything a guy could ask for. Connection to Google’s services, quad core processor, 4.7 inch 1280×769 pixel display…the list goes on. All jam packed into a slender phone that fits into my pocket better then my Nexus 7.
- Point 3, it’s minimalist. Light, but big enough to feel like I can really use it, powerful enough to do what I need it to do. It’s been great.
- I want to use Android, and I enjoy the interface and the widgets.
Are there other phones on the market that meet some of those descriptions about? Most definitely. All four? No, not really.
A Few More Things
A few things I really love about the Nexus 4 so far. The screen is beautiful! High resolution, great to read off of, big enough for my fingers. The services I use through Google are seamless, which makes sense, it’s a Google phone. Plus, there isn’t any of that weird lag I’ve seen on other Android devices. Everything is smooth and easy to handle.
For those of you who are curious, I’m linking the Nexus 4 up with StraightTalk, a prepaid account that works off AT&T’s network. No problems so far, in fact, the signal strength is better than Verizon’s at my house. It’s nice being able to access the web everywhere.
So on day 7, I’m still impressed, and happy with my purchase!